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French illustrator Marie-Laure Cruschi draws her long-distance inspiration from mid-century design
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“She has a very strong personal culture. It's her attitude as much as the result that inspires me a lot personally. This is what makes Marie-Laure an authentic artist and author, and among the best of her generation.

“Marie-Laure is a calm, positive person, always with a laughing eye, and her slight accent from the south of France does not go unnoticed,” Stefanini says.

Cruschi has been to California, first as a 16-year-old to study the language, staying near San Diego, and later to do an art project that was not completed.

She has worked for many American clients, including a restaurateur in Pittsburgh, for whom she designed an interior mural showing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in its landscape. For a French magazine about America, she did images of Yellowstone National Park.

Much of her work focuses on homes that are mid-century modern, that are influenced by the style, or that play with the style in a science fictional way. For the publication Welcome to the Jungle she designed a man whose forehead suggests a hemispherical, glass-walled Streamline Modern ocean liner.

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Cruschi’s take on the Palm Spring lifestyle that wound up making the cover of Germany’s ‘GQ’ magazine.

Some of her early drawings are what she calls “architectural microcosms teeming with detail and life that served as metaphors for various subjects,” sometimes showing the built world beneath our feet.

“It is through this approach to illustration that I got noticed,” she says. Success in her career, she says, did not come quickly. For six years, Cruschi said, she sought clients, “tossing seeds.”

“And it was when I thought about giving up that the seeds started to germinate,” she says.

“It is certain that living in a city as large as Paris since the beginning of my studies has developed in me a great interest in architecture, lines, nested spaces,” she says. “My pleasure in creating microcosms may have come from there. I am aware of being part of a large, complex whole, to be only a small worker working within a large anthill.”

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Above: Two more cabin examples. Above center: Cruschi’s take on the Palm Spring lifestyle that wound up making the cover of Germany’s ‘GQ’ magazine.

Among her more popular works are the illustrations she did for the book Cabins, which was written by Philip Jodidio and features mid-century marvels that look too good to be true. One poses over a lake surrounded by trees that look like tepees, and another looks like a radio made of Bakelite. Surprisingly, none are born of her imagination.

“These cabins are all real gems of responsible architecture, existing around the world,” she says.

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